Wreckage of plane crashing into Florida lake recovered

Updated 2017-12-12 14:02:15 Xinhua

Pieces of wreckage belonging to a plane that crashed into Lake Harney, east of Sanford, U.S. state of Florida, last week were pulled out of water Monday.

The salvage of the wreckage of the plane, which had one local flight instructor and two young Chinese trainees on board when it crashed into the lake tree days ago, began Monday morning.

During hours of operations, the search team managed to pull pieces of the wreckage out of the water, believed to be 10-feet deep, with a limited visibility for divers.

The team used airbags and an on-deck crane to put the wreckage onto the deck of a barge before shipping it to the shore.

A spokesman for the local police department told Xinhua that the salvage is expected to continue on Tuesday as local officers will continue to assist the on-site investigation.

An investigator with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed Sunday that the plane, a Beechcraft King Air C-90 twin-engine aircraft, crashed at about 11:15 a.m. (1615 GMT) Friday.

All three on board were fatally injured during the incident, while their bodies had been recovered Saturday.

It remains unclear what caused the crash. The NTSB said it will release a preliminary report within coming days.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft was on its way to Orlando-Sanford International Airport before it crashed. The plane belonged to a commercial flight school at the airport.

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